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Walter E. Fidler Jr.

April 30, 1921 ~ March 11, 2020 (age 98)

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Shamokin – Walter E. Fidler Jr., 98, of 1018 E. Packer Street, went home to be with the Lord on March 11, 2020.

Born on April 30, 1921 in Shamokin, he was the son of Walter E. Fidler Sr. and Eva Irene (Snyder) Fidler.

Walter entered the United States Army in September 1942 at New Cumberland, and served with the 317th Infantry, 80th Division, Third Army under General George Patton. A veteran of campaigns in France and the German Rhineland, he received the Good Conduct Medal, European Theater Service medal (with two bronze stars), Victory Medal; The Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and was honorably discharged in 1946 as Platoon Tech Sargent.

He married the former, Dorothy D. Bowers at Camp Phillips on November 20, 1943 in Salinas, Kansas. They were married for sixty-four years before her death on March 2, 2008.

In his work life he is mostly remembered for his fifty years as a painting and decorating contractor at W. E. Fidler & Sons. The brothers of Painters & Allied Trades, Local #689, remember their Financial Secretary, not only as the one who collected their dues, but also as the one who promoted pro-bono work for non-profit organizations. Retiring from the painting business in 1972, many may also remember him as, Foreman for the City of Shamokin, during those years when the Sewer Authority dug up many streets in town.

An active member of the SAHS class of 1939, he chaired many committees, becoming President of SAHS Alumni Association (1965). In his eighteen years as School Director, he served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the Board during the construction of the new Shamokin High School building in Edgewood. He also served as Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Northumberland County Vo-Tech Board.

Walter was a lifetime member of the Calvary Bible Fellowship Church, serving in the last few years on the Elder Board, a Blue Lodge member of the Fraternal Order, Free & Accepted Masons, member of the American Legion, and Liberty Hose Company.

He loved his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Walter is survived by two sons, Walter E. (Joe) Fidler III and his wife, Molly of Camp Hill, and Dallas Fidler and his wife, Linda of Paxinos; a daughter, Darlis Fidler of Shamokin; grandchildren, Stacy Miller and her husband, Galen of Shickshinny Lake, Christopher Fidler and his wife, Heidi of VA, Joshua Fidler and his wife, Jillian of NJ, Alex Fidler of Philadelphia, and Morgan Fidler of Middletown and Jennifer Crowe of San Diego; great grandchildren, Justis Miller, Shiloh Miller, Dean Fidler, Jonathan Fidler, Tyler Crowe, Harmon Crowe, Julia Crowe, Zenia Crowe, Olivia Fidler, Kenney Miller, Matthew Miller, and Andrea Hinz; nephews, Terry Kline, Ricky Kline, Robbie Fidler, Dr. William Fidler and Foster Morgan; a niece, Peggy Morgan; and a sister-in-law, Ann Fidler. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (Bowers) Fidler; his brothers, Robert (Cotton) Fidler and William Fidler; his sisters, June Kline and Mayme Morgan; and a nephew, Larry Kline.


Walter E. Fidler Jr., 98, of 1018 E. Packer Street, Shamokin – The memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. The prior funeral service held on March 20&21st , 2020 has been canceled. Arrangements are being cared for by Farrow-C.J. Lucas Funeral and Cremation Service, 240 W Chestnut Street, Shamokin, Lori Ann Campbell, Supervisor. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Calvary Bible Fellowship Church, Building Fund at 35 S. 2nd St, Shamokin, PA 17872 or to the SPCA, 1467 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821. To send condolences to the family please visit

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